Local native to explain veterans' benefits

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Shelbyville native Michael Thompson will conduct a free informational session on veteran’s benefits 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Scott United Methodist Church.

Thompson, a retired veteran now living in Texas, said he is volunteering his time to share information about veterans benefits with those who might need it while traveling to Shelbyville to visit family. He does not represent the Veterans Administration or any other group, and he will not collect or record any information from the veterans who come seeking information.

Thompson is a 1978 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, and has degrees from Central Texas College and Excelsior University. He served in the U.S. Army and has also worked for the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.

In 2010, he was one of 34 civilians selected to receive the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award and Medal for his quick response during the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

“As a retired veteran,” said Thompson, I love helping other veterans for fill a pleasant retirement, or life. At times many just don’t understand nor have a greater knowledge of what benefits they can receive to assist them. There are available online sites that one may visit, as well as call in centers, but as a veteran and retired military soldier, I will tell you, that there are still many who struggle in getting to information and a face-to-face conversation is a great way to correspond. These are the great American veterans that I desire to reach out to, the ones that may need a question answered.

“I am coming to Shelbyville to visit family, but as like many occasions there are friends who are veterans who are always asking me questions because they knew of my occupational experience. So I decided this trip to assist Veterans who may need assistance, ask questions or need information regarding any veteran benefits.”